Thursday, October 25, 2007

Braking a Tandem

The Thorn website has a great article of how to effectively slow down a tandem on long downhills. It turns out that going faster is a better way to get rid of the potential energy from a descent than to keep your speed low to begin with. Although aimed at tandems the article applies to anyone who is concerned about what to do with all the heat their brakes can generate on a long down hill run.

I've never had this problem because I hardly ever use my brakes, but I seem to be in the minority on this issue.

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